The Pursuit of Knowledge - 'Knowledge is power.' or 'Ignorance is bliss.' Essay

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This novel's subtitle is 'the modern prometheus.' Prometheus was whom gave 'fire' to human. But Zeus didn't like human, so Prometheus was suffered by severe punishment that eagle pecked the liver of him. Nevertheless, Prometheus might treated hero by human because he made human know main source of development of the human race. Likewise Frankenstein want to be a hero through 'creating life' but his extreme conviction to science bring about a result that is wretched. In other words, Frankenstein create life with intent to contribute to human, but it is challenge to area of god like Prometheus disobey Zeus's order. For this reason, Frankenstein warn to Walton that "You seek for knowledge and wisdom, as I once did; and I ardently hope that the gratification of your wishes may not be a serpent to sting you, as mine has been." (p17) He hope that Walton didn't commit a fault like him. I think that the pursuit of knowledge itself has impartiality of value definitely, but it must be set the course of knowledge and precise boundary line. At first, Frankenstein has not only intention that contribute to human but also personal ambition that leave a name behind. As time goes by, moreover, he realize his experiment cross limiting line which is forbidden. His pain in a process of creating is exposed in this paragraph "But my enthusiasm was checked by my anxiety, and I appeared rather like one doomed by slavery to toil in the mines, or any other unwholesome trade, than an artist occupied by his favourite employment. Every night I was oppressed by a slow fever, and I became nervous to a most painful degree." (p38) The wrong pursuit of knowledge bring misfortune to both a creator and a creature. Anybody can't define exactly which is right out of 'knowledge is power.' or 'ignorance is bliss.' As previously stated knowledge hasn't any value. I think that the pursuit

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